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Stivers resigning from Warren Town Council

During the Warren Town Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 25, President Ethan Stivers announced his resignation from the council.

In his letter of resignation, Stivers said, “It has been a joy serving this town. There are so many gracious people who show love and generosity to their fellow man. This leadership opportunity has been an amazing ride that has lasted 10 and a half years and three elections.”

“I am praying that the next man or woman that is chosen to serve out my term will continue with the traditions we have kept as a leadership body—showing kindness, approachability, one eye on the present and one eye on the future, and a desire to see Warren to be known as a small town with a big heart,” Stivers continued.

Stivers and his family will be relocating out of state. His resignation will be effective on Friday, Dec. 31. The council agreed to receive letters of interest and short resumes on Monday, Dec. 13, from anyone interested in filling the final two years of Stivers’ term.

During department reports, Town Marshal Dennis Spitler reviewed the progress on the cleanup of 826 N. Nancy St. Citing lack of action by the owner and following council discussion, the owner was given until Monday, Nov. 22, for substantial improvement or provisions of Town Ordinance would be enforced including fines and penalties.

In the absence of the Fire Chief, Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison reported that the Warren Volunteer Fire Department had formed a committee to discuss and plan for purchase of a pumper truck for presentation to the council and the Salamonie Township Advisory Board for consideration.

Utilities Operations Manager Brian Sills reported that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) permitting for the drilling of Well No. 3 was being completed due to the inability to use casing on site for the original well plan.

Sills also reviewed the project report for the month to date. He submitted quotes for concrete upgrade to the drying bed units. The two quotes were Leas Concrete at $23,800 and Doctor Construction at $21,250. The council decided on using Doctor Construction for the service.

In other business:

• Morrison requested an update on the furnace and generator installation at Town Hall as the current system is unable to function property and the needed gas meters have been installed for some months. By consensus, the council directed Sills to meet with and finalize the plans with Warren Service and Supply, the approved vendor.

• Morrison reported that work continues with Invoice Cloud, a company to provide online payments. It is expected to be operational by 2022.

• Morrison requested whether members had input into the Town Comprehensive Plan being prepared by Region 3A that had been discussed in previous meetings. Hearing none, Morrison commented on certain aspects of the plan with options she had presented to Region 3A and noted that census figures were incorrect and might need further clarification going forward. The council, by consensus, agreed to move forward with approval of the plan as amendments could be made in the future.